If We're Going To Fix Copyright, We Need Much More Transparency
from the a-necessary-factor dept
Glyn already covered European Parliament Member (and the EU Parliament’s only Pirate Party representative) Julia Reda’s report on copyright reform in the EU. However, for Day 3 of Copyright Week — which is all about transparency, I wanted to focus on the other aspect of Reda’s release of her report: just how transparent she’s been. When we talk about transparency in copyright law, we’re often talking about the lack of such transparency, often via international trade negotiations, like ACTA, TPP and TAFTA/TTIP, in which backroom dealing is done by unelected bureaucrats. The public is kept out of the negotiating process entirely, while lobbyists have full access. Combine that with the revolving door between the negotiators and the lobbyists themselves, and it’s a recipe for non-transparent policy-making by which legacy industries get all the “gifts” they want.
Reda’s approach with her report on copyright shows that it doesn’t need to be that way. Along with the report, she detailed all of the 86 meeting requests she received from lobbyists regarding copyright (noting that the number went way up after she was appointed to write this report):
Most requests came from publishers, distributors, collective rights organizations, service providers and intermediaries (57% altogether), while it was more difficult to get directly to the group most often referred to in public debate: The authors. The results of the copyright consultation with many authors? responses demonstrate that the interests of collecting societies and individual authors can differ significantly.
The end result: